Big names announced for European startup festival

Big names announced for European startup festival

Amsterdam, February 3rd, 2016

Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) and Travis Kalanick (co-founder and CEO of Uber) have accepted their invitation to come to The Netherlands with great enthusiasm. Neelie Kroes (special envoy StartupDelta) personally invited Cook and Kalanick during her visit to San Francisco together with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Cook and Kalanick are part of the impressive line up of speakers at the opening event of Startup Fest Europe on May 24th, together with Jack Ma (CEO of online store Alibaba), Pieter van der Does (CEO of Adyen), Andrus Ansip (Vice President of the European Commission) and Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands). In the week after the official opening, more than 25 events will take place in 13 Dutch cities. These will provide entrepreneurs with the access, support and inspiration to accelerate their growth.

Startup Fest 2016 is a four day marathon of matchmaking between startups, investors, developers, creatives and corporates. At the helm of the Presidency of the European Union, the Netherlands aims to boost entrepreneurship in Europe. Therefore Neelie Kroes of StartupDelta as well as Constantijn van Oranje (chairman of Startup Fest) have put in great effort to draw some very interesting guests to Holland.
Constantijn van Oranje: 'The purpose of Startup Fest is that entrepreneurs make deals with investors, establish partnerships with corporates and attract the right talent. It's all about qualitative encounters’. 

Startup Festival
Startup Fest Europe is a nationwide festival of more than 25 independently organised events. For example, the  Energy Fest (Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam) will showcase technological breakthroughs and innovations in cleantech renewables  and the hydrocarbon energy industry; at F&A Next (Wageningen) leading Agri-Food scientists and entrepreneurs are given a podium; at the Water Tech Fest (Leeuwarden) innovations in water processing and delta technology are showcased; in Nijmegen breakthroughs in healthcare and medical technology; and high-tech can be found at the heart of the events in Twente and Eindhoven. Europe’s largest tech incubator YES!Delft will be transformed into an extraordinary restaurant called Techilicious, where the most promising tech Startups and Captains of Industry dine to ramp up collaboration. 
There will also be events in the field of FinTech, autonomous vehicles, construction, smart materials, mobile applications, smart cities and impact ventures.

Corporate CEO’s can learn about the exponential technologies and business models and how to deal with them, through intimate contacts with startups, scientist and governments. Local CoderDojo's demonstrate how young people with digital skills tackle complex problems.
In addition to sectorial themes there is a special program for national and international investors and for topics such as scaling-up, the valorisation of knowledge and collaboration with corporates.
In Utrecht at Campus Party will take place. This weeklong, 24-hours-a-day technology event is the place to be for young technical talent to innovate, learn and engage with some of the biggest names in technology. Thousands of “campuseros” will all come together working on hackathons and competitions about innovation, creativity, science and digital entertainment.

International speakers
The following international speakers have committed to attend Startup Fest Europe 24-28th of May:

  • Tim Cook is Apple’s CEO since 2011. In 2015 Apple was the first company to reach the market value of 700 billion;
  • Travis Kalanick is co-founder and CEO of Uber. Uber brings disruptive technology and business innovation to urban transportation challenges;        
  • Mark Rutte is the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Currently the Netherlands holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union;
  • Andrus Ansip is vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for the Digital Single Market;
  • With Y Combinator, Kevin Hale is building one of the most successful accelerators in the world. Y Combinator has invested in more than 750 companies, with a total sum of 700 million dollars;
  • Camille François researches the intersection of new technology and politics, with a focus on robotics and cybersecurity. Camille has led initiatives in organizations such as the French Prime Minister’s task force on Open Data & Open Government, Mozilla, DARPA as well as Google, the French-American Foundation & the Software Freedom Law Centre.
  • Pieter van der Does is co-founder of Adyen, an online payment company that is famous for being the Dutch “unicorn”;
  • Professor Daniël Shechtman is an Israeli Nobel Prize winner, known for his expertise on tech entrepreneurship;

Background
Startup Fest Europe is initiated in association with StartupDelta after consultations in early 2015 with leaders of the Dutch startup eco system. Startup Fest Europe is made possible thanks to the support of founding partners Deloitte, Google, Rabobank, Shell and Ziggo. Additionally, the ministry of Economic Affairs and the ministry of Education support the organisation with a financial contribution.

More information                                                                                                                                     
Startup Fest Europe takes place from the 24th to the 28th of May 2016. On www.startupfesteurope.com you can find an up-to-date overview of all the events that will take place.